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  1. Meet the 2019 Red Ribbon Theme Winner

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    The 2019 National Red Ribbon Week theme is: Send a Message. Stay Drug Free.™

    Izabella Ware, a student from Griswold Middle School in Griswold, CT, created the winning theme for 2019 Red Ribbon Week, which takes place October 23-31. Ware’s theme, “Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.”  was selected among thousands of Red Ribbon theme ideas submitted by students, parents, educators and members of communities across America.

    Griswold Middle School will receive national recognition and $500 in Red Ribbon Theme merchandise from Nimco, Inc.

    The theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

    The annual National Red Ribbon Theme Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, offers students and other prevention supporters the opportunity to be a part of history. The winning slogan will be used throughout 2019 in thousands of schools and communities across America.

    As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year throughout the United States.

    This is the first year that a student at Griswold Middle School won the National Red Ribbon Theme contest. Izabella learned about the contest from her health teacher Kristen Butremovic, who has been celebrating the Red Ribbon Campaign for 21 years.

    Want to make 2019 Red Ribbon Week the best yet? Stay tuned for the release of our 2019 Red Ribbon Planning Guide. Share your Red Ribbon plans/events here. Check out our curriculum ideas here. And stay tuned for details about our 2019 National Red Ribbon Photo Contest.

  2. 5 Ways To Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31)

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    IT’S RED RIBBON WEEK® (OCTOBER 23-31)!

    The Red Ribbon Campaign® is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the Nation and a way for people and communities take a visible stand against drugs. We want to help our nation’s children reach their full potential.

    RED RIBBON IS INTENDED TO BE FUN AND EFFECTIVE. HERE ARE 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE:

    1. Communicate with children about the importance of staying drug free and the meaning behind this year’s theme: “Send A Message. Stay Drug Free.™”
    2. Educate, educate, educate. It’s not just about wearing red or crazy socks. Here are some curriculum ideas for each grade level.
    3. Enter our photo contest. It’s a great way to get the conversation started and it also supports schools across America.
    4. Make it social. Show your support for Red Ribbon on Facebook and Twitter.
    5. Take a stab at creating next year’s theme. You’ll get national recognition and lots of free Red Ribbon merchandise.

    The National Family Partnership thanks you for your participation and your unwavering support!

  3. When Is Red Ribbon Week?

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    We are frequently contacted by schools, organizations and communities about when Red Ribbon Week is scheduled to take place each year. It’s a very simple answer because the dates are always the same.

    WHEN IS 2019 RED RIBBON WEEK?

    Red Ribbon Week takes place every year on October 23-31. So Red Ribbon Week in 2019 takes place October 23-31, 2019.

    DOES RED RIBBON WEEK REALLY START ON A TUESDAY?

    This year, Red Ribbon Week begins on a Wednesday. What does that mean for your school or community? If you can’t celebrate Red Ribbon Week from Wednesday to Thursday and must choose one calendar week to do so, use your best judgment. For example, some participants will choose to celebrate starting on the 22nd and others will wait until the following week.

    WHAT IF WE CAN’T CELEBRATE RED RIBBON WEEK DURING THE SELECTED DATES?

    While it is ideal for everyone to celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23-31st each year, we understand that some schools and communities cannot make that work. We recommend choosing a date in October if possible and if not, choosing what works best for you.

    TELL US WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING FOR RED RIBBON WEEK

  4. Message To President Trump

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    The Red Ribbon Campaign has the potential to be your “March of Dimes,” @realDonaldTrump.

    The Drug problem cannot be solved without winning the hearts and minds of individuals across America. Individuals must be asked to participate in solving the drug (opioid) problem. Solving the drug problem requires individual decision making, actions and taking responsibility.

    President Roosevelt’s March of Dimes is a great example of public health problem solving by participation. He asked everyone including children to participate. Children put a dime a day in a card and Friday proudly marched to the front of the room and dropped the card into a fish bowl. When Jonas Salk discovered the polio vaccine, every child in America felt a sense of purpose, unity and accomplishment! How long has it been since we have given people a sense of purpose?

    October 23-31 is @redribbonweek. It’s widely recognized and supported by schools and groups across America.

    Your support of Red Ribbon is a first step in acknowledging the importance of grassroots solutions. The 2nd step is determining how to make it your March of Dimes.

    Mr. President, do you want to know more about Red Ribbon (Oct. 23-31) and how to turn it into a March of Dimes to solve the opioid epidemic? @realDonaldTrump Tweet us.

  5. 2016 Red Ribbon Social Media Tools

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    Virtual Red Ribbon Campaign Tools

    Share your support for Red Ribbon Week with your friends and followers! Together, we can send a clear message across America. All you have to do to participate is tweet or post on Facebook with any or all of the suggested language below to spread the word about Red Ribbon Week: See the examples below, copy the language you want to use on your blog or social networking site and start spreading the message! We also encourage you to take a photo of your favorite drug-free activities and post on Instagram with #redribbonweek and #yolobedrugfree.

    Sample Facebook Posts

    Yolo. Be Drug Free. – Celebrate Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

    It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge

    Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week 2016. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge

    Today, I’m joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation.

    Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge

    I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest

    I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

    I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

    Sample Tweets

    Yolo. Be Drug Free. Celebrate #RedRibbonWeek (October 23-31). #youonlyliveonce #yolobedrugfree

    It’s Red Ribbon Week and I am taking a stand against drugs. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yolobedrugfree

    Today, I’m honoring Kiki Camarena, a DEA agent who died while fighting substance abuse. Join me. Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge . #RedRibbonWeek

    Today, I’m joining teens, parents, teachers, and other citizens across America in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31), the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. #RedRibbonWeek

    Join me in celebrating #RedRibbonWeek. Our children have the right to grow up drug free – and we have the responsibility to make that happen. #yolobedrugfree

    Take the pledge: www.redribbon.org/pledge. #RedRibbonWeek #yolobedrugfree

    I’m entering the Red Ribbon Photo Contest to win an iPad and $1,000 for my school. You can enter too at www.redribbon.org/contest. #RedRibbonWeek

    I’m a teacher who believes in a drug free future for my students. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #yolobedrugfree

    I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31). #redribbonweek #yolobedrugfree